Our People

Matt Blomfield Gather By Bees Founder
Matt Blomfield
Chief Executive Officer
Chair of the Board, Executive Director, Founder

Matt is the passionate and visionary founder of Gather By. He has a successful track record in conceptualising and actualising innovative companies – from start-ups to initial public offerings while securing large-scale global projects. CEO of publicly listed and private companies, he has purpose, passion and persistence in pursuit of this food security initiative.

While Matt is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the Company, his current revenue generating duties include Manager of Sales, Business Development and New Product Development. Matt’s expertise lies in building stakeholder value, having developed this new business model where all stakeholders in the supply chain benefit, including the natural environment.

Dr Alan Ellis

Dr Alan Ellis
Director - Strategy, Compliance & HR

Allan is an innovator, teacher, communicator and veteran of the Northern Rivers. He currently is chair of the board of two North Coast NFP companies that provide disability services and education and training. Recently retired as Director of Research for the School of Commerce and Management at Southern Cross University. During his career he has held a range of board positions.

Allan provides substantial knowledge and wisdom to the board and is a passionate shareholder and enthusiastic marketer.

 

Dr Gary Ewart Gather By Bees Byron Bay

Dr Gary Ewart
Director - Chief Science Officer

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science, PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Australian National University). Twenty-five years’ experience as a research scientist in the field of membrane protein structure and function (University of Oregon & John Curtin School of Medical Research). Currently; senior scientist at Biotron Limited (ASX:BIT), an Australian biotechnology company focussed on the development of novel antiviral drugs.

Gary provides sound, analytical wisdom to complex business challenges across R&D and all disciplines of the company, always questioning for completeness and accuracy.

 

Tony Stubley Gather By Bees

Tony Stubley
Director

Tony has a successful background in marketing, and has built and monetised innovative, high-value multi-million dollar brands. An entrepreneur, volunteer firefighter, farmer and a recognised, successful businessman living in the Northern Rivers, Tony is always innovating.

Tony brings a pragmatic independent approach to the board, a shareholder with strong, sound business experience.

Lee Vakas Gather By bees
Lee Vakas
Finance, Accounting & Admin Manager
Lee holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance and has post-graduate qualifications in Applied Finance and Investment.
He provides financial management, corporate advisory services and develops innovative financial and plant modelling for the company. Lee prepares company secretarial services, financial accounts for the Board, assists in procuring government funding and is also involved with exports, documentation and compliance.

 

Reece Ryan Gather By bees

Reece Ryan
Operations, Production & Distribution Manager
Reece has extensive senior operations management experience in the therapeutic and complementary healthcare industries, including responsibility for TGA and FDA regulatory compliance.
He is responsible for the overall operation of day-to-day activities on site, managing the supply and acquisition of honey, packaging/consumables and the production and distribution of the finished product domestically and internationally

 

Martin Brown Gather By bees
Martin Brown
Plants, Research & Quality Assurance Manager

Martin holds a BSc Hons degree and was responsible for identifying, geocoding and commercialising the highly-active Leptospermum plants that produce Gather By’s high MGO honey.

He oversees the propagation and plant logistics from licensed nurseries, Medicinal Honey Forest (MHF) design, development, installation and honey production. He manages and implements plant breeding and development program/s, fodder selection, sourcing, and integration into MHFs. He ensures compliance with relevant food safety standards, including HACCP, BQual, Halal and Dept of Primary Industries.

Wes Scrutton Gather By Bees Byron Bay
Wes Scrutton
Marketing, Communications & Technology Manager
Wes' experience spans over 30 years working in geographic information systems, marketing and analytical data projects, technology solutions, hosting and managing small businesses and even a stint at Royal Sydney golf course as a horticulturist.
He works with the team to develop and implement marketing strategies to promote and support the Company’s Medicinal Honey Forest™ (MHF) partners and Manuka honey sales. He advises and manages internal and external communications and assists in operating, improving and enhancing the Company’s efficiencies and processes.

 

Holly Streader
Channel Manager (UK & EU)

Holly has a background in training and education and a history with Gather By that goes back to its beginnings in 2014 when she lived in Australia. Holly is delighted to continue her connection with Gather By as its Channel Manager (UK & EU).

Holly is taking Gather By to the UK and EU markets, establishing and expanding brand presence in this burgeoning market. She is responsible for identifying, importing and working with select wholesalers and retailers in the region to promote and sell Gather By’s world-premium therapeutic and medicinal honey.